Chief Judge Martinez was appointed to the District Court, Second Judicial District (Denver) by Governor Bill Owens in September of 2000. He has worked in all divisions of the Court, including civil, criminal and domestic relations. He was appointed Chief Judge of the 2nd Judicial District on Sept. 23, 2013.
Prior to his appointment to the Denver District Court, Chief Judge Martinez served as a Magistrate in the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties) and in the Denver County Court. In his legal career, he worked as a trial lawyer in both the public and private sectors, holding positions with the Denver City Attorney's Office, the Regional Transportation District and in private practice.
Chief Judge Martinez received his B.A. from the University of Colorado, and his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. He is also active in the community, having served on numerous boards, committees and commissions, including: Rose Community Foundation, Colorado Child Support Commission (Chair), Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Supreme Court Magistrate Rules Committee, State Board of Education Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education, State Personnel Review Board, Denver Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the District Judges Association.
Chief Judge Martinez is dedicated to the improvement of trial advocacy skills and is a long-time faculty member with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He has taught advocacy programs for NITA, the ABA, law firms and pro bono/governmental entities.